Starts 31 Mar 2014
Ends 4 Apr 2014
Central European Time
Adriatico Guest House (Giambiagi Lecture Hall) Lab: Adriatico Guest House Infolab.
Via Grignano, 9 34151 - Trieste (Italy)
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Physics (lOP) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) will jointly organize the "5th Workshop on Entrepreneurship for Physicists and Engineers from Developing Countries", to be held at ICTP, Trieste, Italy from 31 March to 4 April2014. This one-week intensive Workshop is designed for physicists and engineers from developing countries who are interested in learning entrepreneurial skills to commercialize their scientific inventions. Such an educational programme is missing in many of the developing countries for scientists working in universities and scientific institutions. The participants will benefit from the international perspective provided in this Workshop from both experts and co-participants from developing countries. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The objectives of this workshop are to introduce to the scientists the process of innovation, generation and protection of intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialization of inventions. The workshop will consist of lectures by invited speakers, case studies, group discussions and role-playing sessions related to commercialization of a product. TOPICS INCLUDE Relation between scientific research, inventions and products; Institutional roles for commercialization; Potential of Physicists and Engineers to be inventors and entrepreneurs; Concept of intellectual property (IP) and its significance in developing countries; Basics of patenting; Global IP protection; Taking science to the market - Timelines and processes for taking an invention to product; Marketing the ideas; Small business financing and business plan fundamentals; Success stories; Business plan presentation by participants; training of lecturers and scientists in development of an Entrepreneurship Curriculum


S. Raghu, D. Bhatt-Chauhan, J. Niemela.
ICTP Local Organizer: J. Niemela